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I had an author once tell me that he had several editor friends look at his book that I had edited, and they had unanimously agreed that "no one uses serial commas." I spent over an hour on the phone explaining that no, we would not be re-editing the entire manuscript to take the serial commas out, along with all the other parts of our house style he didn't like. (I also suggested that, if he was interested in BOOK editing, he should check out the Chicago Manual....) As a freelancer, I rarely take on book editing projects anymore, because I dealt with very few authors who truly appreciated editing. Most others acted like, in removing the errors and inconsistencies, I had ruined their work.
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Jul 25, 2012